LastPass Password Manager

LastPass Password Manager

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 306 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.73
  • Total Downloads:
    145,431
  • Date Added:
    March 14, 2011
  • File Size:
    10.63MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    551
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

+

The bottom line: Effective, secure, and easy to use, LastPass offers a broad base of password-management features for free that can be expanded when upgrading to the premium version. It's an essential add-on for modern Web browsing.

Review:

Passwords have gotten so complicated that even people with ferociously sharp memories can struggle to recall the eccentric combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. There are passwords for personal e-mail, work e-mail, bank accounts, Twitter, and Facebook, and woe to anybody who uses the same one for those two malware magnets. On top of that, it's recommended that you regularly change your passwords so they don't get compromised. Passwords are a pain, but LastPass slices through the Gordian knot of password management with a deft and effective cross-platform browser add-on.

Installation:

Installing LastPass is straightforward, except that you can choose between the universal installer or browser-specific add-ons. The easiest option is the universal installer, which will work with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome on Windows. Mac users will have to download individual add-ons for each browser.

After creating a LastPass account and master password, which is used to access your password list, LastPass will ask to suck up all your passwords into its cloud-based, AES-256-encrypted servers. This key aspect of LastPass, the cloud-based storage, is then followed by an option to remove all your locally stored passwords. This prevents them from being compromised after you've begun using LastPass, although it also means that you will be tied to LastPass from that point. You can always export your passwords later, although after using the add-on for more than a year we've had no problems.

Interface:

After installing, restart your browser and you'll see a gray or red box icon on your browser's toolbar. Red indicates you're logged in, while gray indicates you're not. Once logged in, you can visit LastPass' spreadsheet layout of your passwords with one click. This is called your "password vault," and while it's navigable, it could use some tweaking, too.

You can organize your passwords into folders and groups, you're told up front how long ago the password was last used, and there are quick links to Edit, Share, and Delete the password. A search field at the top will automatically search through URL and username. You cannot search by password.

A list of global actions such as settings, import and export, history, and manually adding sites lives on the left of the password list. To the right is a short list of options to be used when you select a password, currently limited to share, delete, and change group. At the top of the interface are tabbed options for managing your form-fill profiles, identities, shares, and applications.

Much of the add-on's heavy lifting happens in editing windows that open on top of your vault, but are not separate browser windows. This includes individual password editing and configuring, and changing LastPass' settings. The separate window is understandable for security purposes, but it detracts from the overall experience as an overlay.

Features and support:

LastPass offers a shocking number of features. The free version will be more than enough for most users, while upgrading to the premium version will get you LastPass for mobile devices and browsers, remove ads from your vault, provide priority e-mail and phone support, and give you multifactor authentication. This heightened level of security requires you to use a YubiKey or USB key in conjunction with your LastPass master password to gain access to your vault.

Basic and premium users alike will get LastPass' deep array of password-management tools. It will auto-detect username and password form fields. If it has the credentials for the page you're visiting, it will ask you to fill in the info. You can also set LastPass to automatically fill in credentials, or even automatically log in. When you visit a site that you're creating new credentials for, it will ask if you'd like it to create a password for you. Via the vault, you can change the default level of security for generated passwords. It will also detect when you've changed the password for a site that's already saved, and ask you if you'd like to change the saved version.

From within the Settings option in the vault, you can change your master password, configure the vault auto-log-off time, change the default security level to one of three presets or customize a fourth, and manage equivalent domains and URL rules for sites with more than one log-in.

While LastPass can be used solely from its Web site, and provides a virtual keyboard so you don't have to worry about a keylogger swiping your master password, some key features come only with the add-on. One of these is the on-the-fly creation of a one-time password, and there are others. The add-on menu shows you a list of recently used passwords, and allows you to copy credentials to your clipboard without revealing them first, fill forms, manage secure notes, customize hot keys, and change the LastPass icons.

It doesn't skimp on password tweaks, and that's a good thing.

Performance:

Measuring add-on performance is notoriously difficult, although Internet Explorer 9 Beta did note that LastPass only slowed down the browser's boot time by 0.16 seconds. The default threshold for warning the user about add-on performance impact in IE9 Beta is 0.2 seconds or slower. Google Chrome dev 9.0.587.0 put LastPass' memory usage at 14MB of RAM, high for an add-on. Browsing with the add-on versus without it revealed no noticeable slow-downs on a daily use computer.

Conclusion:

Password security and management have long been a deficient part of any browsing experience, and LastPass solves that problem while also making your passwords accessible anywhere. Cross-platform, cross-browser, and secure with a hefty range of options, this is the gold standard for password management.

 
read more +

Publisher's Description

+
 
read more +
User Reviews
+
  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star 10
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 306 votes

    • 5 star 141
    • 4 star 75
    • 3 star 23
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 43
  • My rating

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1–10 of 16

4 stars

"Great when it works (but site auto-save needs fixing)"

October 19, 2014  |  By d_j_stormer

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

Pros

Incredibly convenient. I always kept different, complex passwords for different sites, and managing them was a nightmare. LastPass has made browsing life a breeze in that regard. It's especially good, too, for sites where I have multiple accounts.
Secure. I read up a lot about LastPass's security before using it, and am convinced that it is secure. I have never had any security-related issues in the year or so I've been using it.

Cons

LastPass's automatic save function sucks. When first registering with a site, I always get LastPass to automatically generate a random password for me. It will do this and I will register/log in, only to then find that LastPass, for some unknown reason, didn't save the site login info. I then have to go through the "Forgot my password" procedure with a site I've only ever logged into once. So I've learned to save the generated password to a note, log in, and then go back and create the site entry manually in LastPass.

Summary

In spite of the Con I just mentioned, I would never consider quitting LastPass unless its security got to be compromised. It generally works well, and has made site log-in using super-secure passwords a breeze. Recommended.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"LastPass is amazing."

September 24, 2014  |  By HomeUser

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

Pros

Every issue I was worried about is covered with the application--can I copy the password from LP to my Quicken Vault (YES), will it work on different browsers and phones (YES), can I share with my spouse so that if she changes something I am not screwed (YES-can limit change authority or not since the application will keep shared passwords in sync), I don't want any of my readable information stored on my computer or in the "cloud" (it's not),, can I set app to to close after idle use or browser close (YES), can I print a text version of my info just in case (YES). In addition to security of my passwords it is now easy to access web sites (Just click on the site from LP. Folders help to make my crazy long list of passwords easy to find and use now (e.g. finance, social, taxes, shopping....).

Cons

The installation does require patience. Took me a while to realize that I had to go to my browsers' "managing add-on" or extensions to enable LP and, in one case, to set options within the extension. Some sites, like Verizon, are difficult to set up but most are a snap.

Summary

I can't believe it's free. I bought the "premium" version to access my LP from my phone and it made me feel better giving the creators of this product some funding!

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"I like it a lot"

August 28, 2014  |  By ageary79

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

Pros

Works great, my passwords are available from anywhere.

Cons

It was a little tricky for me to set up subdomain passwords but once I learned it wasn't an issue.

Summary

One of the best password managers out there.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"Works pretty well."

July 12, 2014  |  By mikoyangurevich15

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

Pros

No problems with log ins.

Cons

Does not always save passwords correctly.

Summary

Needs the option for stand alone internet only use!

Reply to this review Read reply (1)

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"Works well...when it works"

July 07, 2014  |  By wkb4447

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

Pros

Lightening fast log ins; navigation and set up are highly intuitive; had no problem getting up and running quickly.

Cons

Doesn't always input correct information; sometime won't load information. One has to make sure that the app is actually working, even if asterisk icon is showing on the screen (which should indicate that it is up and running)

Summary

Toss up. I've spent as much time correcting the settings for individual websites as I have saved time using the app. When it works, it's great. When it doesn't, it's a pain having to reset the password when the app forgets or gets it wrong.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"works well"

June 12, 2014  |  By nmharleyrider

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

Pros

saves lots of time looking up and keying in passwords

Cons

doesn't always work

Summary

I'm going to keep on using it

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

2 stars

"Pretty sorry."

June 03, 2014  |  By slimm29

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

Pros

It will occasionally remember passwords and occasionally fill in the user name & password blanks.

Cons

Totally unreliable. The "save password" doesn't always appear. It won't track password changes. You cannot -- or I haven't found out how to -- open the vault, and get your password when Lastpass goes down the tube.

Summary

Piece of dung.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

5 stars

"Best there is"

June 02, 2014  |  By you dont say

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

Pros

I've tried them all but Last Pass is the best in my opinion. It does everything it says it will do and does it well

Cons

Sometimes it asks to save sites that are already saved which creates duplicates. A minor issue.

Summary

Easy to use and integrates into your browser -

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

4 stars

"RoboRobbers[RoboForm]Goodbye; LastPass & $20.00, Hello!"

May 31, 2014  |  By joelinmn

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

Pros

Does everything RoboForm does for free, saving you $20.00 a year. Even if you buy RoboDeForm'd, it is useless after a year's time (disabled) unless you pay another $20.00 and on and on.
Relatively easy setup, data from RoboRobbers[AKA RoboForm] and other password storing/generating programs migrates with instructions provided in Help files.

Cons

There are a few more quirks and rough edges than RoboForm, for example, passwords may have to be cued instead of automatically appearing on some websites. Editing data is easy - after a time or two of using it to modify something. It does not seem quite as quick on some sites as RoboForm, but for free, it is definitely worth the minor hiccups. I'm sure the developers will continue to polish this little gem as time goes on and personally, I'd be willing to tip their cause, because freeware this good is worth supporting.

Summary

As a good friend of mine from the Carolina's would say, gopher it Bubba; you too Sis...You can keep any other password manager you have, migrate data into LastPass and if you don't like it, delete it and keep your old password manager and data unchanged. It is worth a try for the benefits of freedom from having to rent something you purchased - RoboForm or other programs, that require annual ante-ups to keep using something you have already purchased!

Reply to this review Read reply (1)

Was this review helpful? (2) (0)

5 stars

"Works good!"

May 21, 2014  |  By dnelsch

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 3.1.0

Pros

I use it slightly different in that I already have passwords for multi-many sites, but it remembers them all.

Cons

Perhaps the biggest issue I have is that it doesn't seem to work well on my iPad or iPhone.

Summary

Sure beats going to the PASS file and looking up the individual password for each site.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

Results 1–10 of 16

Add Your Review

Login or create an account to post a review.

You are logged in as . Please submit your review for LastPass Password Manager
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update your review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

 
see all reviews +

Full Specifications

+
What's new in version 1.73
Version 1.73 adds additional plugin based Cross Site request forgery blocking and resolves a number of error messages were not being sent the proper translated message.
General
Publisher LastPass
Publisher web site http://lastpass.com
Release Date March 14, 2011
Date Added March 14, 2011
Version 1.73
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Password Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.63MB
File Name lastpass.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 145,431
Downloads Last Week 551
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

Previous Versions:

 
read more +

More Products to Consider

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for LastPass Password Manager

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK